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Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
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Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

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This is the presentation I developed for the local fishing members of Carlisle, MA. Presented at the Union Hall, March 25th, 2010. I helped the attendees get a glipse of the resource that's …

This is the presentation I developed for the local fishing members of Carlisle, MA. Presented at the Union Hall, March 25th, 2010. I helped the attendees get a glipse of the resource that's available locally and tips on how to land the big one.

Questions and anwers to follow.

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  1. Drift Fishing Joppa Flats with Dan LeBlanc Newburyport, MA
  2. Joppa Flats <ul><li>About me… </li></ul><ul><li>90% of my fishing season is for </li></ul><ul><li>striped bass </li></ul><ul><li>I started drift fishing Joppa Flats in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Hook & Line Fisherman since 1998 (off and on) </li></ul>
  3. Joppa Flats <ul><li>We fish from early June until late October </li></ul><ul><li>We fish… </li></ul><ul><li>100% with live eel </li></ul><ul><li>100% of the time we drift </li></ul><ul><li>99.5% at night </li></ul><ul><li>Why you ask? </li></ul>Bob’s 43 incher
  4. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Nights?... </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers migrate into the shallows at night </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers feed more aggressively at night </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing and boating pressure is greatly reduced at night </li></ul>Twin 38’s
  5. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Drift?... </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Swim, didn’t you know that? </li></ul><ul><li>Drift fishing allows us to cover more ground </li></ul><ul><li>Drifting will out produce boats at anchor 10:1 MINIMUM !! </li></ul>36” & 38” Joppa Fish
  6. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Stripers LOVE eels !! </li></ul>One of my secret stashes …
  7. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Rigging eels… </li></ul><ul><li>Move very slowwwly !! </li></ul><ul><li>Hook them as close to the nose as feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Put them in the water as soon as they’re rigged </li></ul><ul><li>30lb leader, 4/0 Gamagatsu Octopus Hooks </li></ul><ul><li>Ice </li></ul>38 lbs
  8. Joppa Flats <ul><li>My boat… “Ruff Stuff” </li></ul>
  9. Joppa Flats <ul><li>The truth about Striped Bass… </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers are not generally leader shy </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers don’t fear boat lights </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers react to noise </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers are opportunistic & habitual feeding machines </li></ul>2006 Striper Tournament & a very happy crew !
  10. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Successful night fishing begins with… </li></ul><ul><li>Daytime scouting at low tide </li></ul><ul><li>Boating navigation skills and instrumentation </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with land lights </li></ul><ul><li>A maintained boat </li></ul>Joppa Flats from the satellite
  11. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Access areas </li></ul><ul><li>Boat </li></ul><ul><li>Shore </li></ul><ul><li>locations to </li></ul><ul><li>try… </li></ul>
  12. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for sand & structure </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the water </li></ul><ul><li>Listen for popping sounds, birds, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>If there’s no action </li></ul><ul><li>MOVE !! </li></ul>Tom’s first keeper - 36lbs
  13. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Become familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>Buoy lights </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Streetlights </li></ul><ul><li>and buildings </li></ul>Another big fish !!
  14. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Water depths range from 7 ft to less than 1 ft </li></ul><ul><li>You will hit bottom !! </li></ul><ul><li>Vary the speeds </li></ul><ul><li>Play it safe if you’re not sure </li></ul>Hum’s big fish !!
  15. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing the flats is always a race against time & tide </li></ul><ul><li>Play the winds </li></ul><ul><li>Make note of holes, grass, moorings, inlets, contours, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Water temperatures </li></ul>Young’s first striper
  16. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Gear… </li></ul><ul><li>6 -7 foot rod, medium action </li></ul><ul><li>12 – 15 lb test line </li></ul><ul><li>30 lb mono shock leader </li></ul><ul><li>Gamagatsu baby !! 4/0 </li></ul><ul><li>Penn 5500/4500 or equiv. </li></ul><ul><li>Large net </li></ul><ul><li>Small Flashlights </li></ul>Hum & Andy with 3 beauties
  17. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Boat Drift Techniques… </li></ul><ul><li>Position the boat to move with the current </li></ul><ul><li>Electric motor to maintain direction </li></ul><ul><li>Bow fisherman casts to 1 and 11 O’Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Stern trolls 1 or 2 lines while casting to either side </li></ul><ul><li>Slow retrieve, pickup at 4 and 8 O’Clock </li></ul>
  18. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Useful Tools… </li></ul><ul><li>GPS with tracking on </li></ul><ul><li>VHF Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Pliers/snips, knifes and hookouts </li></ul><ul><li>Snacks & Water </li></ul>Bad picture… Nice Fish !!
  19. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Never stop learning… </li></ul><ul><li>Fish with other people or hire charters to learn! </li></ul><ul><li>Log your fishing trips! </li></ul><ul><li>If others are catching and you’re not, try something new! </li></ul><ul><li>Information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @surfland </li></ul><ul><li>www.NewEnglandFishing.net </li></ul><ul><li>On the Water Magazine and their online reports </li></ul><ul><li>The Fisherman magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Etc, Etc, Etc </li></ul><ul><li>And ABOVE ALL visit local bait shops and get to know them! </li></ul>
  20. Questions ?? Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

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